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Natural Cures for Head Lice – Most Effective Home Remedies

Head lice are one of the most annoying pests to deal with. Other bugs, such as spiders, don’t cause as many headaches as these little creatures.

There is also a problem with using over the counter medication to kill the insects. Treatments can be expensive, and a lot of the time, they simply just don’t work.

This is even worse if you have children. You don’t want your child missing out on education, yet it is almost an impossibility to send them to school knowing that it probably wouldn’t take long for the creatures to jump to someone else’s head, causing a pandemic. Besides, many schools simply do not let any child carrying lice to come to school, and really, the last thing you want is your whole social network getting infected

Thing is, it can be very easy to get rid of them, without harming your own (or your child’s head). So, to get rid of them for once and all, look no further.

Note: Some articles online recommend using bags on top of any ointments or substances you put on a head. If you are planning to use any of these treatments on a child, make sure to never leave them unattended, as this is how accidents can happen.

Cure Head Lice with Mayonnaise

This is the classic treatment for curing head lice naturally. The idea is that the mayo will clog up the breathing holes of lice and nits, causing them to suffocate. To use this method, all you have to do is put the mayo on your (or your child’s) head, and leave on for at least five hours. Then, when you wash it off, hopefully there will be specs of black along with the Mayo, showing you that the head lice really have naturally all gone.

Get Rid of Head Lice with Olive Oil

Imagine swimming in a pool of olive oil. Now imagine you are no bigger than a spec of dust. This is how this natural and effective ingredient can cure head lice. By covering the affected head in olive oil, you can effectively drown each and every head lice.

To use this treatment, as well as bathing your head in olive oil, you should leave the oil on over night, just to make sure that it truly takes hold. To prevent your pillows or bed from getting messy, simply put on a shower cap over night.

One other great thing about this method is, believe it or not, using natural olive oil won’t make your hair greasy but instead return its natural shine. So, as well as getting rid of lice, you can make yourself look better and healthier.

Use Heat (Hot Hair Dryer) as a Natural Remedy for Head Lice

Once you have showered after applying olive oil, another great thing to try is using a hair dryer, even if you don’t normally use one. The hot air will naturally kill the nits and head lice as they can not stand the hot temperatures.

Get Rid of Head Lice with Vinegar

One of the problems with getting rid of head lice the natural way is that you also have to make sure to remove all of the eggs. When adult head lice lay eggs, they use a kind of glue to make sure that the eggs are bonded to the shaft. Vinegar, with it’s slight acidity, can loosen this glue, allowing the eggs to simply fall off.

To use this, all you have to do is mix the vinegar with a normal natural shampoo. Part of the reason for doing this is because, of course, using just vinegar on your hair might leave a bit of a stink!

Once you have showered your vinegar and shampoo mixture off, make sure to rinse the shower throughly, to make sure that all of the eggs have gone down the plug hole.

Essential Oils to Remove Head Lice

One, nice smelling healthy and natural, way to kill head lice is to use essential oils. Prised in many cultures; as well as killing lice, these can also heavily improve the quality of both your hair and your scalp.

To use this method, all you have to do is fill up a spray bottle with some water, and a bit of olive oil. Spray on the head, and leave over night. Although you have many options for which oil to use, including peppermint and aniseed, our recommendation is to use lavender. This is because this oil has been shown to promote good sleep and pleasant dreams, meaning that when you wake up, not only will you have lice free hair, but you feel refreshed and relaxed for the day ahead.

Garlic to Rid You of Head Lice

As well as helping to kill the lice, garlic has another effect. That is, it will also naturally heal the spots where the lice have nipped at the hair, reducing scratching immediately after the treatment and herbally healing any damage the pests might have already done.

To cleanse your hair, all you have to do is take ten garlic cloves and push them through a garlic press. Take the pulp, and mix some lemon juice (to help loosen the glue of any eggs) and a dab of conditioner. Cover your (or your child’s) hair with this mixture for an hour then simply wash off. Repeat this process every day for five days, and soon the hair will be naturally lice free.

Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar and Oil to Cure & Get Rid of Head Lice

This can be used alongside any mixtures that you put on your hair. The idea behind this is to give your hair a bath that, as well as restoring your hair’s natural health, also helps to cure the head lice infection.

Simply take a bucket full of water,add some simple table salt and about a cup of vinegar. Then, using a jug, wash your hair with this mixture.

The salt will help cause the lice’s bodies to dry, while the slight acid in the Apple Cider Vinegar will not only, once again, help to get the eggs off but also encourage the nits to fall off of your hair. Make sure to never mix the running from your hair into the bucket. This will simply cause that particular lice to go back into your hair once you apply more water.

Other Tips for Head Lice – Combing, Repeat Treatments, Finally Stop Lice

This is an old trick which, with a lot of patience, can be a really effective way to remove all of the little bugs. All you have to do is get a comb with very thin teeth, and constantly go through the hair. You will know you have a head lice when you see a spec of black caught in the comb’s teeth. Either dip the comb into a cup of water mixed with some simple household dish soap, or use a sewing needle to kill the little nat.

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Repeat multiple treatments

For the best results, do more than one of these treatments. That is, as well as combing, make sure to use the Mayonnaise trick for head lice as well. This will help you ensure that you have truly gotten rid of them all. Although lice can only spend a couple of days off of the human head before dying, all it takes is for a couple to jump back before you have to go through these natural remedies again.

Stop them from coming back

Make sure to wash all of your linen, including bedding and cushions. This is because there may still be some head lice eggs or adults on them, and the last thing you want after getting rid of them is for them all to simply come back.

If you have some linen which is particularly delicate, instead of washing it, you can simply put it in a fully sealed bag or container for a couple of weeks. After this time, all of the bugs will have hatched. Without anything to feed on they will have naturally died, allowing you to use your fabric again.

Even if only one member of your family is itching, you will want to make sure that you give everyone in your home these treatment methods. This is because someone might not even realize how much they are scratching, or simply have eggs in their hair that haven’t hatched yet.

If you have gotten rid of lice, but are concerned that you or your child had caught them from someone else, you can also help to prevent becoming infected again. One thing to do is prevent the lice from jumping back in. For long hair, simply try tying it up. This gives your hair a much smaller surface area, meaning that lice will have to have particularly good aim to be able to get onto your head again.

Styling your hair with natural hair gels (such as coconut gel) or hair sprays can also be really effective. This is because it makes the strands of your hair just slightly slippery, meaning that both lice and their eggs will not be able to stay in your hair for long.

If the weather is not too warm, you can also try wearing a hat. After all, head lice can’t get onto your hair if there isn’t any hair out for them to jump onto!

And of course, if lice is a common problem, you can simply make sure that everyone in your house washes their hair with tea-tree oil at least once a month. This will help to keep hair healthy, as well as killing the eggs before they even get a chance to hatch, allowing you and your family to live naturally head lice free forever.

What’s the best treatment of head lice

Not sure if ds has it but started school visits this week and has been constantly scratching his head p articuarly towards the back.

Ive checked and cant see anything — but not sure what Im looking for never had it before!

Want to get something from Boots just incase — wondering whats the best treatment to use

def has it just spotting one crawling.

Buy a nitcomb from Boots (personally I prefer the really cheap plastic ones, others swear by the more expensive metal ones), loads of bog-standard conditioner, and a little bottle of tea-tree oil.

Put 5-10 drops of teatree oil in the shampoo bottles — yours and the children’s — and also in the conditioner bottles. Using this will help reduce the likelihood of the rest of the family catching headlice.

For treatment: the best treatment is wetcombing. Wash his hair, towel-dry, slather liberally with the tea-treeted conditioner and comb through with regular comb. Now split into sections and draw the nitcomb through it from the roots to the end. One stroke, do not go over again until you have cleaned the comb. I find that the best way is to have the basin full of hot water and swish the comb in it. That way you can see the lice as you comb them out.

Go over the whole of his head this way. Rinse out and refill the basin, and comb again — if he will tolerate it. I try to repeat until I’m not pulling out any more lice. Then rinse off the rest of the conditioner.

Repeat every 2-3 days for at least 2 weeks until you have had at least 2 clear combings. It is rarely possible to remove the eggs as they stick fast to the hairs, so you have to keep combing until they have all hatched. I think it takes about a week before the hatchlings start laying eggs, which is why you have to comb them out before they mature.

And don’t forget to comb everyone in the family, preferably within the same 24h period, so that you don’t reinfest each other.

Thanks for this. Have got a plasic comb and a metal one.

Used Hedrin last night on us all (£12 for a large bottle which is nearly gone. ) and have combed through ds hair this morning — he still woke up scratching! IT does say to repeat in a weeks time to get rid of any eggs that have hatched during this time

HAve shampooed hair with Alberto Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner and sparyed on some tea tree repelant spary.

Will carry on as you suggest every couple of days. do you think it is ok to go swimming.

God I hate all this its made me feel ill all w-end!

I don’t see the poinnt of Hedrin. Tried it on ds1 last time, and it was no better than wet-combing. Worse, if anything, because he hated the feel of it, and the fact that he couldn’t sleep with his cuddly because it would have got all greasy.

Go ahead with swimming — though unfortunately it won’t drown teh bu**ers!

Make sure that you wetcomb the rest of the family to check it hasn’t wpread, and use the teatree stuff on all of you as well.

Yes, utterly yuck. Just wait until you discover threadworms. ah the delights of having school-age kids.

If you want to use Hedrin, you can get it free on prescription from your g.p. HTH

Hedrin is the best according to experts (after extensive internet research on my part ), and the Rolls Royce of nitcombs keeps them at bay.

Oh, and do mention it to the teachers, or the re-infestations will just keep happening.

lyclear is good as it only needs to be left on for 10 minutes

My neighbour just swears that the only way to get rid of them is wet combing with the £10 nitty gritty comb everynight for two week then use tea tree shampoo . pesky things nits only takes one mum not to care

Combing with a nit comb using lots of conditioner. Have been doing this for nearly three weeks now to get rid of the nits & also going through the hair & pulling out the attached eggs.

Will have to keep this up as other parents do nothing.

The best treatment for head lice is 8-10 drops of lavender oil mixed with water only in a spray bottle. Simply spray each morning or when ever you brush or style your hair.
My daughter has had no head lice for the past 4 years since using this treatment,even use it on my baby, the whole family.Great thing is kids in her class can be loaded with head lice and she can play with them and her scalp is 100% clean and clear all the time.And our hair is so shiny, its absolutely incredible.Not only that I have so much more time not having to clean her hair every day and the amount of money Iv saved by using this.All of my sisters children and friends I have told them to and same thing, all have clean hair.
1. Spray Bottle
2. Fill with water
3. 8-v drops of lavender oil
4. Spray lightly in wet or dry hair every single day.
Mums enjoy your free time, this was the most valued info I have ever been given bout getting rid of and also preventing head lice.

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Wow! Gonna give the lavender a try as sounds amazing! My 2.6 DD has just started pre-school and after a bout of lice last summer I will do anything to avoid that hell again. She has the curliest ringlets imaginable and combing with a regular comb or tangle teazer is bad enough but the nit comb creates an absoulte non negotiable battlefield in our house! Cheers gigiricky!

after years of fighting this with my daughters and 2 stepdaughters i had tried everything and i mean everything! Hedrin is useless and done nothing different. i started 3 weeks ago using this lavender oil on my 8 year old and now her hair is free of all the little buggers. I am already telling everyone about it. I got a bottle from a health food shop for £5:50 normally about £10. and it will last months and months. Thankyou this is the best tip ever.

My hairdresser says to use the tea tree oil in shampoo to prevent head lice, and also to send them to school with a little bit of gel or spray on their hair to help prevent lice from gripping the hair. The lavender oil sounds like a great tip too.

Don’t waste your money (and your child’s health) on the lice shampoos. The only way to get rid of lice is to comb and comb and comb (with lice comb).
If it’s a boy with shortish hair, you can probably complete the first session in an hour or so. (Unfortunately a girl with longer hair will take many many hours of combing and then searching through scalp for eggs as it’s much harder to pull them out with the comb with long hair) Then you must comb several times a day for the next few days. And then once a day for the next few days after that. And once you get to the point where no eggs or lice have appeared for several combing sessions, you can reduce to once every few days and then if still lice free, down to once a week for the next few weeks. You should wash sheets, pillowcases, pj’s and any hooded jackets/sweaters the day of the first combing (ie so they go to bed in clean sheets). After that, I wash pillow cases for the next few days, but not the rest of the bed. Run brushes and combs through dishwasher.
Tricks for combing. Keep toothbrush handy to clean comb after each pass through hair. Do combing over white sink so you can see what you have cleaned out. Or clean comb onto damp white tissue. Put child in front of video/tv so they will sit still for the time needed to comb hair.
If you have a dd, then make sure her hair is tied up well whenever she is around other kids.
Make sure you check all members of the family.
I have not found that there is any oil or shampoo that successfully keeps the lice away if your child is regularly around a child who has them and is not getting them treated at home.

Look for whtie nit eggs stuck to hair shafts.

When first hatched, baby nits are miniscule pinhead sized black gritty spots.

Some treatments fail to work in my experience as the nits become immune to them.

I finally used Hedrin which worked.

ESSENTIAL you do the week after follow-up treatment.

Since then I always use a leave-in conditioner and comb through meticulously after every hairwash, apparently it’s not possible for eggs to stick to shiny, slippery hair, which kind of debunks the myth that only dirty kids get nits, as greasy hair wouldn’t accommodate the egglaying!

For eggs, try soaking your DCs hair with vinegar — this dissolves the glue that holds the eggs to the hair. It’s unpleasant (stings the eyes (but only needs to be left o for 5-10 mins, then you can condition and wet comb. It really does break the breeding cycle.

Hedrin does work well, but you need to comb it through thoroughly (until you see no more dying bugs), leave it overnight and repeat a week later.

We’ve been doing cheap hairspray for almost 2 years now, wetcomb every weekend to check and no bugs since September ’09.

I personally used for my DS «Lyclear» once a week,and you do it again after a week,no need to buy a nitcomb,there is one that comes with it in the box,and you comb,after you wach the hair with » vosene» shampoo,after rinsing and drying spray the hair with «Vosene conditioning deffence spray»,it is a head lice repellent.It worked wenders for DS,after 2 weeks i could not see a thing,and there was no scratching since.All this thanks to MUMS NET suggestion

gigiricky, Hi, where will i find lavender oil? i can’t seem to buy it anywhere?

Lavender essential oil is what you want — any shop that sells aromatherapy products should have it as lavender is the queen of essential oils.

Wholefood/health food shops often stock it, and «head» shops (hippy-type shops — you know, the ones where you can buy joss sticks) often have it too. Places like Holland & Barrett do it too and there are masses of online retailers you can buy it from if you Google it.

or similarly, get some Australian Tea Tree Oil and put a few drops of that in water and spray onto their hair each morning. works for us.. (I bought our TT Oil from Amazon) — also use Vosene Kids Tea Tree Oil repellant Shampoo & Alberto TT Oil Conditioner

Lyclear as it has no nasty smelling chemicals (prefer the foamy one not the oily one) — and lots of combing!
Will try lavender oil for prevention, sounds great and smells better than tea tree oil. Also have the Vosene prevention spray, and another one that also works as a detangler.
My all time favorite product is called Moov and it comes from New Zealand — it smells great and conditions beautifully but i can’t find it in the UK.

Super head lice warning as scientists discover almost all species are resistant to treatments

As the new school term looms, parents will be alarmed to know that nits are increasingly resistant to the most popular treatments

By Telegraph Reporter

6:36PM BST 18 Aug 2015

Head lice are becoming immune to common treatments, scientists have revealed, meaning parents are fighting a losing battle with nits in their children’s hair.

With the return to school on the horizon, parents will be worried to learn that new research suggests that head lice have developed a «high level» of resistance to some of the most popular treatments.

The itch-inducing pests lead to missed school days and frustrated parents, who could have even more reason to be wary of the bug this year.

Scientists report that lice in at least 25 American states have developed resistance to over-the-counter treatments still widely recommended by doctors and schools.

Doctor Kyong Yoon, of Southern Illinois University, said: «We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the United States.

«What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids.»

Pyrethroids are a family of insecticides used widely indoors and outdoors to control mosquitoes and other insects. It includes permethrin, the active ingredient in some of the most common lice treatments sold over the counter.

Dr Yoon said that the momentum toward widespread pyrethroid-resistant lice has been building for years. The first report on the development came from Israel in the late 1990s.

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He became one of the first to report the phenomenon in the US in 2000 when he was a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts.

Dr Yoon said: «I was working on insecticide metabolism in a potato beetle when my mentor, John Clark, suggested I look into the resurgence of head lice.

«I asked him in what country and was surprised when he said the US.»

Dr Yoon tested the pests for a trio of genetic mutations known collectively as kdr, which stands for «knock-down resistance» which were first found in house flies in the late 1970s after farmers began using pyrethroids rather than DDT.

He found many of the lice did indeed have kdr mutations, which affect an insect’s nervous system and desensitise them to pyrethroids. Since then, he has expanded his survey.

In the most recent study he gathered lice from 30 states and discovered that samples from 25, including California, Texas, Florida and Maine, had all three genetic mutations associated with kdr making them the most resistant to pyrethroids.

Samples from four states — New York, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon — had one, two or three mutations. The only state with a population of lice still largely susceptible to the insecticide was Michigan. Dr Yoon said why lice haven’t developed resistance there is still under investigation.

Dr Yoon says that lice can still be controlled by using different chemicals, some of which are available only by prescription.

But he added: «If you use a chemical over and over, these little creatures will eventually develop resistance.

«So we have to think before we use a treatment. The good news is head lice don’t carry disease. They’re more a nuisance than anything else.»

The findings are due to be presented at the 250th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

What is the best way to get rid of nits and lice?

News of head lice being increasingly immune to over the counter treatments has certainly got Telegraph readers talking. Here is a selection of your favourite home remedies.

Did all my children with lots of conditioner, rubbed it in, combed it out, the whole head, up to the scalp with a nit comb taking the lice and nits with it. Repeat for four days in succession. Effective, no hassle, no chemicals, nice hair,» writes Liberty.

Super easy to kill them, and without nasty chemicals: tea tree oil shampoo,» writes radiostar.

I just use a nit comb after putting shampoo or conditioner in the kids’ hair, repeating a few days later to give any nits I miss time to hatch and get caught. A thorough comb through only takes 10 minutes and is surprisingly therapeutic,» writes Dale.

Use conditioner, comb though every evening for two weeks in the bath, break the cycle, bond with your children who will love having their hair combed. It’s not difficult,» writes Fred.

Liquid paraffin, olive oil or coconut oil work too» writes Blue Screen of Death.

Head lice: How to avoid them, get rid of them and keep them away

ABC Health & Wellbeing

Head lice are universally reviled, despite the medical view that they are little more than a nuisance.

Getty Images: YSach

There are few things more frustrating than trying to get rid of head lice.

Ask any parent who’s spent hours painstakingly combing through their child’s hair — only to see them start scratching their head a few days later.

Despite the irritation and frustration that accompany a lice infestation, many of us take some comfort in the knowledge lice only like to nest in clean hair. But do they?

And what’s the best way to get rid of these harmless but pesky little critters?

Public health entomologist Dr Cameron Webb helps us nit-pick common lice myths and misconceptions.

How do you catch head lice?

«You must have direct head-to-head contact for head lice to move from one person to another,» Dr Webb says.

Lice can’t jump or fly — they don’t have wings. Instead, they crawl along strands of hair from one head to another.

This is one of the reasons why lice are most common among primary school children — they often put their heads together while playing, cuddling, or doing group work.

When it comes to sharing hats, towels or bedding, Dr Webb says the risk of catching lice is low.

«Head lice love being on the hair, and love being in that warm, humid environment,» he said.

«As soon as they come off our head, they’re incredible clumsy — they dry out and die quickly.

«That’s why it’s unlikely you’re going to pick up head lice from other belongings or household items.»

While you might be tempted to do a spring clean, Dr Webb says your time would be better spent minimising head-to-head contact.

«Take the time to make sure your children’s hair is pulled back nice and tight when they’re going to school,» he said.

«That’s probably one of the best ways you can stop your child from picking up head lice in the first place.»

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Do head lice prefer clean or dirty hair?

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Head lice don’t have a preference when it comes to clean or dirty hair — they’ll get on anyone’s hair if they get the chance.

«We find that you can get head lice on almost every type of hair imaginable — thick, thin, long, short, clean, dirty — it really doesn’t make a difference,» Dr Webb said.

Having particularly thick or long hair might increase your chances of picking up head lice, simply because you have more available hair.

But the presence of head lice in no way indicates poor hygiene habits or an unclean living environment.

«Sometimes you can just be at the wrong place at the wrong time and the child picks it up,» Dr Webb said.

What’s the best way to treat head lice?

There are generally two different approaches to treating head lice.

The first is over-the-counter chemical treatments (or lice shampoos) which you can buy at a supermarket or pharmacy.

«These contain either an insecticide or some sort of plant-derived product, and can be effective at killing head lice,» Dr Webb said.

It’s important to apply the chemical treatment as directed, he says, to ensure it’s effective.

Dr Webb notes, however, people should not overuse insecticides, as head lice populations can become increasingly resistant to them.

«It’s probably one of the reasons why the conditioner-and-comb method is so effective … because head lice won’t be resistant to that,» he said.

That brings us to the second approach: what experts call the conditioner-and-comb method.

«That involves rubbing a cheap, pale-coloured conditioner through your child’s hair. What that does is it stuns the lice, so it immobilises them,» Dr Webb said.

Then, using a specially designed lice comb, you systematically comb through your child’s hair to remove the lice.

The key with both treatments is to repeat the process a week later. While the initial treatments will kill or remove the adult head lice, neither are 100 per cent effective at removing head lice eggs — also known as nits.

«The eggs will hatch in less than a week, so you just allow them all to hatch, comb through and repeat the process again, and remove as many lice as possible,» Dr Webb said.

He recommends setting aside two Sunday nights, putting on your child’s favourite DVD, and carefully working through their hair.

«The secret to this is getting cooperation from your child to sit still long enough so you can systematically comb through their hair.»

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